Visible Intersections & the Art World in 2017 in Art Basel Magazine

Visible Intersections & the Art World in 2017

by Diana McClure

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Despite the retrograde politics of this past year, artists, culture workers and collectors around the globe have continued to push back against the ease of falling into a dystopic worldview. In a year that included Documenta, the Venice Biennale, and Skulptur Projekte Münster,  less visible highlights, including interventions across both geographic and philosophical borders, stood out and are featured here.

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THE INFAMOUS ROSE HARTMAN AT EDELMAN ARTS

The Infamous Rose Hartman at Edelman Arts

by Diana McClure

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A limited edition series of photographs by Rose Hartman on view at Edelman Arts in the exhibition titled, The Infamous Rose Hartman, plays with ideas of both pleasure and infamy in a historical context. A certain joie de vivre, or joy for living, is immediately evident in the work, most of which was shot amidst the decadent landscape of New York City’s nightlife and art world culture of the late 1970s and 1980s.

If viewers are at all nostalgic for the legendary Studio 54 nightclub or the de rigueur Marlborough Gallery, they will absolutely feel the embodiment of that effervescence in Hartman’s images. It is clear that she was there, front and center, body and soul. 

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Alvin Baltrop: At the Hudson River Piers at Galerie Buchholz

Alvin Baltrop: At the Hudson River Piers at Galerie Buchholz

by Diana McClure

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The photographs in Alvin Baltrop: At the Hudson River Piers were taken in a pre-AIDS era, roughly 1975-1986, and feature gay men amidst the crumbling ruins of New York City’s Hudson River piers. On view at Galerie Buchholz through August 19, Baltrop’s images invoke a mixture of Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoeroticism, architectural photography, and images of classical sculpture.

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Irving Penn 1950 at Pace MacGill

Irving Penn 1950 at Pace MacGill

by Diana McClure

Photo: Diana McClure

Photo: Diana McClure

Elegance refined and democratically applied could define the work of legendary photographer, Irving Penn. Eight years after his passing at age 92 in New York, 2017 marks the centennial of Penn’s birth. The occasion is being honored with a retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and smaller gallery exhibitions across New York City, including Pace MacGill’s, Irving Penn 1950.

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Ima Mfon: Nigerian Identitites / Donna Ruff: The Migrant Series at Rick Wester Fine Art

IMA MFON: NIGERIAN IDENTITIES / DONNA RUFF: THE MIGRANT SERIES AT RICK WESTER FINE ART

by Diana McClure

 Photos: Anders Jones

Two solo exhibitions, Ima Mfon’s series Nigerian Identities and Donna Ruff’s The Migrant Series, are presented in dialogue with each other at Rick Wester Fine Art, through April 22, as a curatorial choice. Together they amplify what appears to be a global reckoning with notions of migration and immigration, both voluntary and forced.  

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